Ukrainian refugees are being turned AWAY at the southern border because Biden has carried on Trump’s Title 42 policy expelling immigrants because of COVID restrictions, lawyers reveal
- Ukrainian refugees are arriving at the U.S. southern border seeking asylum but are being turned away due to a pandemic-related policy
- Title 42 allows for the expulsion of migrants at the southern border due to an ongoing health emergency
- The policy was put in place by Donald Trump at the start of the pandemic and has been implemented and defended in court by the Biden administration
- More and more Ukrainian refugees are arriving at the U.S. southern border after Russia invaded on February 24, 2022
- Increased calls for Title 42 to end as COVID-related restrictions ease in the U.S.
Ukrainian refugees are being turned away at the U.S. southern border because asylum seekers are still subject to coronavirus-era Title 42, which allows migrants to be expelled due to the ongoing health emergency.
President Joe Biden has kept the Trump-era policy in place and his administration has defended it in court in order to help quell the southern border crisis as the pandemic prevails and record numbers of migrants arrive.
Immigration advocates have been calling for an end to enforcing Title 42 – even though the U.S. is still in a state of emergency – and calls have increased this week as Ukrainians begin to arrive and request asylum, according to San Diego affiliate CBS8.
The outlet said Tijuana journalists have witnessed dozens of Ukrainian and Russian families gathering outside the U.S. southern border and families in Tijuana claim Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents are selective of who they let in.
Vicente Calderon, editor for Tijuanapress.com, said: ‘Even people with humanitarian parole, it would take a long time for them to get a waiver. Some are allowed to get in, but not others.’
In February alone, CBP encountered 164,973 migrants at the southern border – up more than 10,000 from January figures of 154,745.
Ukrainian refugees are arriving at the U.S. southern border seeking asylum but are being turned away due to Title 42, a provision that allows migrant expulsion due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Pictured: a Ukrainian woman and her boyfriend wait for humanitarian visas outside the San Ysidro Port of Entry in Tijuana, Mexico on March 10
Since Biden has taken office, the crossing per-month has massively increased. In 2020, the last year of Donald Trump’s presidency, a total of 458,088 migrants were encountered at the border. In 2021, that number spiked to 1.73 million with Biden in the White House.
As the administration struggles to find ways to deter migration and stop the surge at the southern border, now Ukrainian refugees are seeking asylum in the U.S.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, leading to a massive refugee crisis in Eastern Europe with millions fleeing the conflict. While many are going to neighboring countries like Poland, more and more are arriving in the U.S. now that Ukraine faces its 19th day of attack from Vladimir Putin.
Immigration lawyers in San Diego argue the Title 42 policy is no longer needed and is leading to inhumane treatment of migrants and asylum-seekers at the border as the administration claims it’s necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Biden administration already ended the policy for children crossing without their parents, but as restrictions in the U.S. ease, there are increased calls to ditch the policy altogether.
A Ukrainian family listen to an agent of the Mexican immigrant welfare agency Grupo Beta while waiting for a humanitarian visas outside the San Ysidro Port of Entry at the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana on Friday, March 11
‘This is actually an inhumane policy and people are calling to cancel it and it’s not safe for families who are fleeing their country and are trying to look for peace,’ Immigration Lawyer Jacob Sapochnick said.
Sapochnick, who has been helping Ukrainian families, says Border Patrol agents are taking advantage of Title 42 provisions and turning families away.
‘The moment they reach the U.S. soil and they say they are here for asylum, they can’t send them back. They have to actually process them and go through the critical interview,’ Sapochnick detailed.
‘However, they are just sending them back and they are not supposed to do that.’